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Hey Everyone, Welcome back to another ‘Blogging Tips & Tricks‘ post, today I’m going to be sharing with you how to create a banner for your blog.
Today I’m showing you how to use Canva to create your blog banner, I usually use Adobe Photoshop to create this kind of stuff but Photoshop is expensive and not accessible to everyone so that’s why I chose to use Canva.
This walk-through can be used to create a banner for your Blog, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.
What is Canva?
So I know some of you probably haven’t heard of Canva before so I’ll quickly let you know a little bit about what it is. Canva is a website & app that is free and easily accessible via multiple devices. Canva allows you to create multiple types of designs for your blog, website or social media. You simply click on a template and then you can tune it to your specifications from their stock library or upload your own images to place in your documents.
I’ll be showing you how to use Canva to create your banner, read on to find out how.
How to Create A Banner Using Canva
First, you will need to sign up to Canva.
Extra Tip – I do find using a computer is better it gives you more options like creating custom sized documents.
Once you have signed up you should see this page as shown above.
From here you can scroll through to find a ‘Ready-made Template‘ size (if your creating a banner for your facebook, Twitter or Youtube) or click on ‘Use Custom Dimensions‘ in the upper right-hand corner if you want to customize your sizing.
I’m going to use custom dimensions because I know the size I need, but you can choose to use a ready-made template if you’re not sure.
To create a ‘custom sized document’ simply add your dimensions and click ‘Design‘.
You will then be taken to your new document, which might look something like this.
On the left-hand side of the screen you will see a few different options, ‘Search’, ‘Layout’, ‘Elements’,’Text’, ‘Background’ and ‘Upload’.
How To Add Images To Your Design
To add images to your document, you can click on ‘Elements’ to choose from the ‘Stock Library’ or choose to upload your own images via the ‘Upload‘ tab.
For this demonstration, I’m going to pick from the ‘Stock Library.‘
There are a few options here, simply click on the ‘Free Photos’ button to scroll through free images or use the ‘Search’ field to customize your search.
I’m going to create a banner for a beauty blog so I’m going to do a custom search for beauty or makeup related images.
Once you enter your search term, you will also be given the option to search both ‘Photos’ and ‘Illustrations’ or narrow it down to just one type, by simply clicking on one you want.
Some designs will be ‘free‘, but some may have a cost applied to it, I thought this was important to point out.
Once you pick your image simply ‘drag and drop’ your image onto the document.
You can then enlarge your image if you want to and place it where ever you think looks best.
I choose to enlarge and move mine to one side giving me plenty of room to add text.
Changing Your Background Colour
On the left-hand side, you can choose the ‘Background’ tab to customize your ‘background‘ or ‘document‘ colours.
In a second I’m going to try and match the background but first I want to show you another little trick that you can do with your images.
Playing With Filters
Click on your image to ‘Highlight‘ it, above you will notice a few options appear, on the left-hand side ‘Filter’,’Crop’ and ‘Flip’. And on the right-hand side ‘Copy’, ‘Arrange’ (This only works if you have more than on item on the page), ‘Transparency’ , ‘Link’ , and ‘Delete’.
What I want to play with is the ‘Filter’ option. Simply click on the ‘Filter’ option and a new tab will pop up, here you can scroll through and apply different ‘Filters’ to your image. You can also lower and increase the filter which will alter how it effects your image.
I chose one that would remove the pink background so that I could more easily match the background colour.
How To Add Text To Your Design
Next up adding a ‘Title’ or ‘Heading‘ to your banner, here is where you can add your ‘blog name’ or ‘title’ to your banner.
Click on the ‘Text’ tab on the navigation bar on the left, It will give you the option to add a ‘Heading’, ‘Subheading’, or ‘body text’. (You can also choose from text templates for various document types but I’m going to just show you how to add the standard text to your document.)
Click on ‘Add Heading‘ and it should appear on your document.
From here you can place it anywhere on the document that suits you.
Editing Your Text
To ‘Edit’ your text, just click on it and a box should show up around your text, from here you can just start typing.
To add a ‘Subheading’ click on ‘Add Subheading’ and the process is exactly the same as we just went through with adding your heading.
Changing Up Your Font
To change your font click on the ‘Font’ tab in the upper left-hand corner, you will get a ‘Drop-down’ menu with all the ‘Font Options’ available.
Changing The Size Of Your Text
You can also change the size via the ‘Font Size‘ tab next to the ‘Font‘ tab.
Changing Your Text Colour
If you would like to change your text colour, click on the ‘Rainbow Box’ and a tab will appear with your ‘Colour’ options, click on the ‘+‘ for a custom colour.
Downloading Your Finished Design
Once you are finished, to download your finished file click on the ‘Download‘ option in the ‘main navigation’ bar, and a pop-up tab will appear with your file type options.
Click ‘Download‘ to download your design.
Scroll Down for ‘File Type’ information and for more information on saving your design for later. \/ \/ \/
More Information On Filetypes
Click on the ‘i’ icon to find out more about the different file types and what they are best used for.
‘PNG‘ is the recommended file type for this type of design and this is what I personally use for my designs and photos because it gives me better quality than ‘JPEG’ but still has a smaller file size.
Scroll Down for more information on saving your design for later \/ \/ \/
Saving Your Design For Editing Later
Canva usually will ‘Automatically‘ save your design but just in case you can find it via the File tab in the ‘upper left-hand corner‘.
‘Click’ and a ‘drop-down menu‘ will appear, click on ‘Save‘ and this will mean you can find it later on via the ‘main page‘.
I hope your all enjoying this series as much as I am.
I’m hoping in the future to write about some more advanced topics, including what apps I like to use for social media and organizing, But I thought It was best to touch on the basics first.
I also plan on adding video walk-through’s to these post in the future for those people who prefer to watch instead or read but this all takes time.
Thank you to everyone who continues to read my blog and follows me on my blogging journey I’m really grateful. Its lovely people like you who make me want to keep going and see where this journey takes me.
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Image Credits – Image featured in cover image by Freepik, cover edited by me.
Disclaimer – This post is not sponsored and doesn’t contain any affiliate links, links included are for reference only in case your interest in purchasing the reviewed product. I have no association with Canva, I’m using this simply as a resource to show you how you can use it to create designs for your own purposes.